Dental caries in permanent teeth in children of migrant farm workers

Am J Public Health. 1987 Aug;77(8):1002-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.77.8.1002.


A 1984 study of dental disease in 534 children (aged 6-15) of migrant farm workers in Colorado found that the prevalence of disease for this population continues to exceed the national and regional average. The mean DMFS was 3.56 with only 23 per cent caries free compared to a regional non-migrant DMFS mean of 2.50 with 44.7 per cent caries free. Results indicate that the children of migrant farm workers should remain a priority in preventive and restorative dental care programs.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Colorado
  • Dental Caries / epidemiology*
  • Dental Health Surveys
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Transients and Migrants*